What can you do to prevent stormwater runoff?

Learning about stormwater and its effects on our rivers, streams, and lakes is the first step to minimizing the pollutants we drink and swim in.

By identifying and understanding how some of our everyday actions can contribute to stormwater runoff and making small changes to how we perform these tasks, we can help prevent water pollution in our communities.

Plant a Rain Garden

Rain gardens are a great way to reduce stormwater around your house…and they look great!

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Install a Rain Barrel

Rain barrels help collect rainwater for use in gardens and on your lawn.

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Plant a Tree

The deep roots from trees help loosen the soil in your yard, allowing for more water absorption.

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Redirect Your Downspouts

Redirecting the water from your gutters is a great way to reduce runoff.

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Reduce Fertilizer Use

Fertilizer is often washed into our streams, lakes, and rivers during storms.

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Pick Up Your Pet Waste

Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters-YUCK!

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Practice Eco-friendly Car Care

Did you know it’s better to use a commerical car wash than to wash your car at home?

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Reduce Salt Use in Winter

Using road salt in the winter can contribute to water pollution in Vermont’s lakes, rivers and streams.

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Each seasonal issue is packed with things to you do to help keep Lake Champlain clean, and we’ll never share your information.

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Reading List

Are you interested in learning more? We’ve compiled a reading list in collaboration with the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Library, including both Adult and Children’s titles that cover watersheds, wetlands and the wildlife that make up the Lake Champlain basin.

Blue® – Salix Solutions

BLUE® is an innovative program that certifies homes, businesses, and institutions as watershed friendly. Evaluators educate and collaborate with property owners to identify opportunities for stormwater mitigation, affect behavioral changes, and establish stewardship principles to protect our waters. Perhaps you could use a rain barrel or rain garden, perhaps a water trench or French drain. Find out how you can make a difference by mitigating stormwater runoff before it leaves your land.

Learn more about BLUE® here.

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Tips for Rural Homeowners
Even if your home is located in a rural area it can have impacts on downstream water bodies like Lake Champlain.

Glossary: What is a watershed? What is an outfall? Learn the terms associated with stormwater runoff and you’ll be the most interesting person in your neighborhood!

The UVM Watershed Alliance supports state-wide watershed education and water quality monitoring in Vermont middle schools, secondary schools, alternative education programs, and youth groups.